South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, introduced into Parliament in July 2019, aims to achieve full implementation of universal coverage by 2026. The government has invited public and industry comment on the bill. The NHI would cover all South African citizens, permanent residents, refugees and some individual foreigners and would establish a financing system to provide access to quality health services.
The revised Medical Schemes Amendment Bill — scheduled for release after the finalized Health Market Enquiry is published — is expected to clarify the role of medical schemes after NHI implementation. Several provisions require clarification, but the bill includes the following proposals: